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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 2, 2011 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

The Quick and Dead Tour of the Great Northwest continues with another swinging performance that has to be considered among the very best of 1968...

"On a roll, the band returned to Portland to play two nights at the Crystal Ballroom, the local version of the Fillmore or Avalon. The Crystal was an old-time dance hall with a sprung floor built on ball bearings, and it, too, had been booked in the early sixties by the Fillmore's Charles Sullivan with soul artists like James Brown and Marvin Gaye. Open as a "hippie" scene only from January 1967 to July 1968, the Crystal's two Quick/Dead shows were among the high points in the room's history. The Dead enjoyed themselves, too; Garcia left the box office lady a joint, which she thought was her best tip ever, even though she didn't smoke"
Dennis McNally


My mind simply can't process what it must have been like to be on that bouncy sprung floor during this night in 1968. The Violas from this performance is so powerful and Clementine just sublime. Listen to this rendition in the right environment and youre transported to a parallel universe, but it's Coltrane and your in Stockholm instead of Portland.

Don't think Pig could play? Just listen to his organ on this one!

Sadly, Schoolgirl is cut. But we have 6 more minutes of music from this fantastic performance in the form of the Dark Star included in Road Trip's II/2. But oh how I wish there was more! The band is really in a groove. Can you imagine what a New Potato Caboose> Born Crossed Eyed> Spanish Jam or an Alligator> Caution> China Cat> Eleven might have sounded like on this night?

The performance of the Other One might be the best rendition of the song to date. Weir still hasn't worked out the lyrics, but this is power Dead! It's just astonishing though, how this band double-clutches through a seamless transition into Clementine. The contrast in this music just adds to the mind-blowing nature of this performance...

2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Viola Lee Blues > Feedback > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Clementine > Good Morning Little School Girl// (Dark Star set closer?)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-02-02.sbd.miller.97345.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 2, 2011 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

Ill just add these to your post Dennis...Nice take.
Dead at the Crystal front

Dead at the crystal back

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 2, 2011 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

Thanks!

Nice cover. I like your fractals alot, but I think the retro style covers really suit some of these early era shows a bit more, particularly these Jan/Feb shows!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 2, 2011 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

I would love to dance on that floor. Way better then MSG I'm sure. I wonder how many boxed sets of a '68 compilation (esp. if buried treasures where found) would sell? What can I say about this music. It's why I am in love with GD.

Sko- Good stuff (I haven't seen anything but good work from you). I agree with the retro on the older dates.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Feb 2, 2011 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

Oh, glad to see you are here - I was afraid you guys had lost power (I study CL&P's outage map neurotically, to check on my mother ...)

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 2, 2011 10:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - A treasure from '68 and a joint from Garcia...

Another great pick CH, i know how much you absolutely love these early '68 shows.

This show has what may be the finest-ever performance of Clementine, (it was included on the SMR box after all), though i feel 1/23 is awfully close behind.

February is just one of my favorite months for the band. '68, '69, '70, '73 and even the Feb. '74 Winterland run of shows are just full of extraordinary music.